The First Women's Mosque of America Jumma'a

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The Pico Union Project

1153 Valencia St

Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Women's Mosque of America

~ In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate ~

Salaam everyone,

Mark your calendars! After months of preparation, we are finally ready to launch our first Women’s Mosque of America Jumma’a on Friday, January 30th 2015, from 1-2pm at The Pico Union Project in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Pico Union Project is a beautiful multi-faith synagogue that hosts six different religious groups: including Christians, Jews, and now Muslims. We are honored to be the first Muslim group to join this wonderful multi-faith effort toward peace and understanding between the Abrahamic faiths. Here are all the details:

DATE: Friday, January 30th, 2015

TIME: 1 to 2pm

PLACE: The Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 in Downtown Los Angeles.

PARKING: Due to the increased number of attendees, our parking information has changed. Please see below for new details:

There are three parking options: 1) For those who arrive early, there will be plenty of free street parking available on Valencia Street and on 12th Street, as well as the surrounding residential streets in the area 2) We will now provide $3-valet parking in the Pico-Union parking lot (it is no longer free) in an effort to stack the lot and fit as many cars as possible 3) There is $5-parking in the lots in the surrounding area.

There is wheelchair access through the parking lot entrance only. In order to help us reserve enough front row spots for those in wheelchairs, please email by Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Sign language is now available upon request. Please email by Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to request our Muslim sign language interpreter.

For our first jumma'a, we have a lot of amazing supporters from across the country, and we hope each of you will do your best to make it out to LA for this historic kick-off event. Our first Friday jumma'a service will be an exciting occasion in which American Muslim women will hear a woman call the adthan, listen to an inspiring female imam deliver the khutbah, and pray together as a diverse body of Muslim women united through the love of God and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Although we have all been looking forward to hearing Shaykha Reima Yosif deliver the first khutbah, she has not been feeling well this week, and will unfortunately not be able to travel out in time for the first jumma'a. The equally amazing Edina Lekovic has agreed to step into her place, and we couldn't be more excited to hear from such a well-respected leader. In the meantime, please make du'a for Shaykha Reima's health and speedy recovery, and we will arrange for her to deliver her khutbah once she's feeling better, inshAllah.

One of the things we are most looking forward to is a new post-jumma'a tradition we are starting in which the khatibah will take ten minutes after prayer is over to sit in a circle with the entire congregation and answer questions about her khutbah. We hope this will be one of the many ways in which the Women's Mosque of America will help Muslim women feel more connected, included, and empowered by their mosque-going experience.

Just as a reminder, our Friday jumma'a service will be open to women and children only, including boys 12 and under.

If you are an adult male and would like to support our kick-off event, we encourage you to attend our Women's Mosque of America Celebratory Dinner, which will be held the same night in Cerritos, CA and will be open to both men and women. You can RSVP for our Celebratory Dinner here. To sign up for the Women's Mosque of America newsletter, please visit this link.

Please RSVP above to give us an accurate headcount, and feel free to share this link, along with our flyer found here with your friends too! Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at this momentous event, inshAllah.

Thank you,
M. Hasna Maznavi and Sana Muttalib
Co-Presidents, Women's Mosque of America

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"VERILY, for all men and women who have sur­rendered themselves unto God, and all believing men and believing women, and all truly devout men and truly devout women, and all men and women who are true to their word, and all men and women who are patient in adversity, and all men and women who humble themselves [before God], and all men and women who give in charity, and all self-denying men and self-denying women, and all men and women who are mindful of their chastity, and all men and women who remember God unceasingly: for all of them has God readied forgiveness of sins and a mighty reward." (Holy Qur'an 33:35, translation by Muhammad Asad)

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About the Women's Mosque of America

The Women's Mosque of America seeks to uplift the Muslim community by empowering women and girls through more direct access to Islamic scholarship and leadership opportunities. The Women's Mosque of America will provide a safe space for women to feel welcome, respected, and actively engaged within the Muslim Ummah. It will complement existing mosques, offering opportunities for women to grow, learn, and gain inspiration to spread throughout their respective communities.

Starting in early 2015, the Women's Mosque of America will provide women-led Friday jumma'a services for women and children (including boys 12 and under) once a month in Southern California. In addition, the Women's Mosque of America plans to provide programming, events, and classes open to both men and women that will aim to increase community access to female Muslim scholars and female perspectives on Islamic knowledge and spirituality.

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